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Grateful Dead Live at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on 1982-07-27


Topics Live concert


Jack Straw-> Sugaree, On The Road Again, It Must Have Been The Roses, Me & My Uncle-> Big River, Peggy-O-> Little Red Rooster, China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider Playin' In The Band-> Terrapin Station-> Drums-> The Wheel-> The Other One-> Stella Blue-> Playin' In The Band, E: U.S. Blues


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Location Morrison, CO

Source Audience Recording: Sennheiser 421's
Lineage FOB - Senn 421's> Sony TC-D5 (at mouth of the stage)> Nak Dragon Playback> HHB CDR-850 (no DAT gen)> CDR
Taped by Jim Wise
Transferred by Jim Wise

Notes

FOB - Senn 421's> Sony TC-D5 (at "mouth" of the stage)> Nak Dragon Playback> HHB CDR-850 (no DAT gen)> CDR (Jim Wise transfer/master); Extraction, Editing, Shorten Compression and Upload by Mike "dankstar" Parrillo; note crossfade applied on Drumz tape flip

Reviews

Reviewer: erik65 - - July 28, 2011
Subject: The other versions of this are better
unless you're into listening to the tapers chat during the show.
Reviewer: the peasant - - September 21, 2010
Subject: environment and acoustics
I enjoy reading various descriptions of how the environment at Red Rocks helped or sometimes hindered the sound. The only other place I know of where that was also a factor was at Alpine Valley. There the stage is nestled deep in a pine tree valley. Surrounded by groves of heavy, dense woods, the band's sound was often very full, thick, dense, and rich. I heard them outdoors at several other places (Pine Knob, Poplar Creek, Deer Creek, Soldier Field, World Amphitheater) They never sounded anything at all like what they did at Alpine.

These are very, very good audience recordings and smoking jams. I wish I could have gotten across "Big Muddy" to see the band out west. Thanks to all for making these recordings available.
Reviewer: jpotts3 - - September 9, 2010
Subject: Other one, oh yes!!
Oh I remember, John- I was standing next to you!!

Wow, what a run that was!!
And next night, in the 2nd row...
i was a true believer after these shows, fur sure

btw, how about Further? Seen 'em yet?
It has been a reawakening for us old timers= and a chance for the young 'uns to taste what we once knew!

Was just wondering, in my fantasy, if I could make it to the shows there this month. I might try next year, if they do it again..
Reviewer: Jon Pasternak - - January 26, 2010
Subject: This is THE Other One
This was my first rip to the Rocks (check out my 87 masters - they smoke). This run is truly magical, but no one ever seems to recall the wild out of control Other One from this first nite of the run. Phil, having started playing a new 4 string in May 1982, was using this slapping technique that sounded like the PA was cracking. This can also be heard at the Ventura 82 shows and Portland 82 to recall a few I attended that summer. But the one Phil really loses it on is this Red Rocks show during the Other One's in between verses instrumental. Phil seems to be "testing out" the Rocks and starts a volley of crushing chords with the slap technique that blows the crowd's mind! The band seemed to notice the moment as well as the whole bad rips through this most unique version. No other one quite like it. Brent on organ (as opposed to Piano on the 3rd nite version) also adds to the intensity of the moment. Phil also cracks a few during Terrapin, which I recall was played under a crescent moon! And it started raining during I Know You Rider in the 1st set! Did I dream all this up??? And of course the scat vocals during Playing was one of only 2 times ever done. This show and this place - Red Rocks- is truly magical. I will never forget these shows.
Only problem is there are no great audience tapes of any of the 3 nites and the boards all have a bad mix in them. Wish I was taping back then....
Reviewer: Mind Wondrin - - May 7, 2008
Subject: Good AUD
There's really something to the hypothesis that Red Rocks AUD are more fun than SBDs. Kinda funny though how the beauty of the venue leads people to call it acoustically blessed. this couldn't be further from the truth. the acoustics at red Rocks are notoriously BAD. So bad that the most bands either don't care about their sound or dislike playing here. The sound does really tricky and hard to control things, bounces around in funny places and is effected by seriously weird sudden weather blasting off the thousands-feet high foothill. Try to adjust for this during soundcheck, and it will all change for the show when 9000 people enter and the weather changes. The Dead were really the only band that met this challenge and re-engineered the thinking. But, no, it's not an acoustically favorable venue.
Reviewer: 12 Joshua - - October 2, 2006
Subject: FOB...
is the only way to get HQ aud's out of Red Rocks. Thanks for this one.
Reviewer: lobster12 - - July 27, 2006
Subject: call to the captain
Thanks Cap'n for providing the bobby scat descrption in your review. Never heard anything like that before and was drawn to this gig by your insight. Thanks for actually providing some quality info about the show.

4 Big daddy's for this gig
Reviewer: Paul Chadwick - - May 15, 2006
Subject: The Playin' Scat
bobby does do this another time...12/27/81...not as much screamage, but much smoother...
Reviewer: jjg4762 - - May 13, 2006
Subject: how lucky we were
After reading many reviews from these three shows . I realize how lucky i am to have been at every red rocks show. all but the 78 shows. I love the early 80's they just smoked. I think the fact that it rained all three days and nights and the did not move these shows to boulder says alot about the boys. They really liked playing here i believe as much as we enjoyed being here.. 24 years later and i still think back to the good old days. what a lucky guy i am for having been to soooooooo many and coming out of it with most of my brain cells. any show that opens the second set with playin is a treat. it left things so open for anything they wanted to go into. just look at the ventura shows a few weeks earlier . playin china/rider that was fun but have said that playin terrapin drums. WOW holy smokes trippy show.
Reviewer: birdsgosouth - - April 12, 2006
Subject: maybe
I don't know, this is a decent enough AUD, nothing smashing. Jerry is the loudest thing on here, so there's not much to complain about in that sense. I mean, it was raining and they probably had plastic over the top of the mics, confounding your sound theory, at least on this tape......
This show has some nice jams, I love Bobby doing a scat thing over the beginning of the Playin jam. Never heard that before. Worth checking out. The drum break is so thrilling that Bob urges the crowd to give it up for the Rhythm Devils. This one is probably the weakest of 3 strong RR shows, which isn't saying much really.
Reviewer: capn doubledose - - January 18, 2006
Subject: Unh huh
This is solid - 16 minute Sugaree, rare electric On the road again which is ruined because taper is fooling around with the mikes.... but Me & my uncle on is hot especially Big river and LRR.

SET II is why you want to hear this the China>Rider is ripping and how many times have you ever heard Bob scat(sing along note for note with Jerry)on Playin? This is the one and only time I am aware of. Great stuff but short.
Reviewer: dirtywater - - December 20, 2005
Subject: Great Show/OK Tape
It sounds like the MICs were directly in front of Garcia, which is not necessarily a bad thing.

I've been listening to several recordings from the summer of 82. What a great period of time for the band. They seem to be enjoying themselves a lot on this tour - lots of energy and very daring jams. This show is no different.
Reviewer: Purple Gel - - July 18, 2005
Subject: I Love Red Rocks Audience Tapes
Does anyone else notice how good Red Rocks audience tapes are far superior to Sbds? I think it's due to the fact that the natural features form such a perfect accoustic environment. To me the rocks seem to fill out the sound without losing any of the fidelity. Jerry's sound is much brighter, and Phils's sound is much fuller, and the rest of the band just sounds more upfront, and Sbds just cannot capture that sound.To hear for yourself, just listen to the Sept '83 shows. The soundboard from the first show sounds weak compared with the other nights, I guess thats why most Rock shows aren't available in SBD. This is the only venue I have heard that actually affects the sound of the band, and makes it more prevalent and better. I think this is why the boys seemed to play a higher percentage of great shows there, the boys could just hear the sound and feel the natural energy that eminated from the rocks as they bounced the sound throughout the venue. Red Rocks is the only place I have been that does not have one seat that has inferior sound quality.
Reviewer: DEADBUCK - - June 2, 2005
Subject: time machine
you built a deadshow time machine out of a delorean?
Reviewer: early 80's meltdown - - May 23, 2005
Subject: Wow the China>Rider
Is so smoking at the end of China before the transition nice tight intense 82 jammin. I really like this Peggy-o- its been one of my favorites for a long time along with Frost 89 version.
As I say alot, I couldn't imagine being at this show, Red Rocks summer 1982 what a blast that would of been. Man If I had a time machine its sole purpose would be to re-vist Hot Dead shows in cool years at the best venues. It would be "Back To The Dead" instead of Back to the Future. Ha Ha
Man, Jackstraw opener Sugaree, On The Road Again a sweet solo on Roses aa pretty Peggy O and a blow out 2nd set-unbelievable.
Reviewer: flashbackmagic - - March 27, 2005
Subject: nice
sweet china/ryder with a run Terrapin
Reviewer: Spelunki - - December 26, 2004
Subject: 7 star show. 2nd set fits on one disc.
I am so honored to be writing the first review for this amazing show. I was there all 3 days in the rain. Heard it rained at the shows just before, too. The 28th was when the rain really came. A Tropical Monsoon had rolled in. This night was misty and drizzly. Legendary journalist John Coit worked at the Rocky Mountain News, and he always gave the Dead scene really good press. He wrote that from what he fuzzily remembered of the night before, (27th), that this was one great show.

This is one of those great forgotten masterpieces that would be great to give to a friend unmarked, just to torment them.
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